The Putorana Plateau is located in Sibera, just 100 kilometers from the Artic Circle. Made up of miles of mountains, the Putorana Plateau is a beautiful sight to behold.
This area is known for being a wild, isolated area with land features including waterfalls, rivers, and canyons. This Plateau is part of a reserve that is the fourth biggest one in Russia, with only about 6 wardens who reside in the area for most of the year.
This is one of the few areas remaining in the world that is hundreds of miles from any kind of human settlement.
The plateau itself was formed around 250 million years ago by plume volcanism, where magma rose up to the surface of the earth from 1800 miles within. Once this magma came out of the earth, thick layers of basalt formed, making plateaus.
Over time, the cracks in between became rivers and lakes. All of this created the Putorana Plateau that we know today.
Many snow sheep reside in the area of the Putorana Plateau, which are very rare with only 2,500 to 6,000 total left in the world. They are some of the hardiest animals out there, with the biggest ones weighing over 200 pounds.
These snow sheep have extra thick wool to protect them in winter, where it often gets to 85 degrees below zero Fahrenheit on the plateau.
The aurora borealis can be seen from the Putorana Plateau. Green light from the sky brightens the world at night during certain times of the year, sometimes shifting to white light.
The lights seem to flash and move throughout the sky, making for an entertaining display that often lasts for hours.